Capitol Notes There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.
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There's never a shortage of political news in Wisconsin, from the governor's office to the Legislature to the state's elected officials in Washington, DC. Join WUWM's Marti Mikkelson and Wispolitics.com editor JR Ross each week as they highlight and provide context to the latest developments.

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Capitol Notes: State Senate Under Pressure To Vote On Kimberly-Clark Incentives

Gov. Scott Walker is imploring state senators to return to the capitol, and vote on a bill that would provide $100 million in tax incentives to Kimberly-Clark. The company says it will close one of its plants in the Fox Valley, if the Senate doesn't approve the incentives by the end of the month. The Assembly passed the incentives in February, but the bill stalled in the Senate, because there wasn't enough Republican support. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson talked about the issue with JR Ross of

Capitol Notes: State Senate Under Pressure To Vote On Kimberly-Clark Incentives

Capitol Notes: Walker Weighs In On The National Anthem Debate

Last week, we saw Republican Gov. Scott Walker inserting himself into the "National Anthem" debate. He called on all NFL players to stand during the anthem, instead of taking a knee. In doing so, Walker sided with President Trump, who's been vocal on the issue. It happened during a rough week for Trump, as a book and an op-ed came out, which appear to show members of his administration are very critical of him. And, Walker already has been saying that this midterm election year could be

Capitol Notes: What Impact Would Trump Visit Have on Walker Campaign?

Some heavy hitters are beginning to appear in Wisconsin on behalf of the candidates this fall. Vice President Mike Pence held a fundraiser in Milwaukee last week for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir. She's facing Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin in November. Pence says both he — and President Trump — plan on coming back to Wisconsin to rally for Vukmir and Governor Walker before the mid-term elections. Walker is locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Tony Evers. In

Capitol Notes: Will Trump's Rough Week Impact Wisconsin's Fall Elections?

The underlying theme of the midterm elections this fall is how voters feel about Donald Trump. The president has been on a bumpy road in the past week. Two of his former close associates were found guilty . Others turned against him, agreeing to share potentially damaging information. Will the recent developments make a difference in races in Wisconsin, especially if Trump comes here, to stump for candidates like Gov. Walker, and U.S. Senate hopeful Leah Vukmir? JR Ross of Wispolitics.com says

Capitol Notes: Will Trump's Rough Week Impact Wisconsin's Fall Elections?

Capitol Notes: Big Wisconsin Races Go Negative Early

It's been less than a week since the fall primary elections and already campaigns are in "full-court press" mode. The candidates in the big races have been traveling the state, courting voters. Meanwhile, groups that favor Republican Gov. Scott Walker have been attacking Democratic challenger Tony Evers. And fans of Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin have been blasting GOP opponent Leah Vukmir. JR Ross of Wispolitics.com isn't surprised by the negativity. He says it's a tried and true tactic to

Capitol Notes Special Edition: Walker, Evers Barnstorm Wisconsin & Attack Each Other

Republican Gov. Scott Walker will face state School Superintendent Tony Evers in November, as a result of Tuesday's Democratic primary. The attacks happened immediately. The Republican Party of Wisconsin announced on election night that it would run TV ads, attacking Evers for not revoking the license of a teacher who viewed pornography on a state computer. Evers responded by saying that state law at the time wouldn't allow him to revoke the license, because students did not see the pornographic

Capitol Notes Special Edition: Walker, Evers Barnstorm Wisconsin & Attack Each Other

Capitol Notes: Nicholson, Vukmir Locked In Bitter Battle As Senate Primary Looms

Tuesday is Wisconsin's fall primary election. Among the races on the ballot is the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Voters will decide which candidate should take on Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin in November. The two front-runners in the primary are state Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield, and Delafield business exec Kevin Nicholson. The race between Vukmir and Nicholson has been marked by bitterness. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, why that's been the case, in this

Capitol Notes: Nicholson, Vukmir Locked In Bitter Battle As Senate Primary Looms

Capitol Notes: National Polls Show Governor Walker Could Be In Trouble

The Wisconsin governor's race is starting to draw broader attention. Some recent national polls show Democratic candidate Tony Evers ahead of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, in hypothetical head-to-head matchups. One poll had Evers ahead of Walker by 13 points, while the other showed Evers up by seven. Evers is one of eight Democrats vying for the chance to face Walker in November — the primary is Aug. 14. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of

Capitol Notes: National Polls Show Governor Walker Could Be In Trouble

Capitol Notes: Unpacking The GOP Senate Debate, Baldwin Raises Impressive Numbers

Wisconsin voters had a chance last week to vet the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. State Sen. Leah Vukmir and Delafield business exec. Kevin Nicholson debated issues such as tariffs, abortion and immigration policy, at a forum in Milwaukee. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked Jeff Mayers of wispolitics.com, what he found interesting about the exchange.

Capitol Notes: Unpacking The GOP Senate Debate, Baldwin Raises Impressive Numbers

Capitol Notes: Will Photos of Walker And Alleged Russian Spy Cause Problems For Him?

Gov. Scott Walker spent much of last week trying to downplay some photos that surfaced, of him and the woman now charged in an alleged Russian plot to interfere with U.S. elections. The photos were snapped in 2015, as Walker was announcing his presidential bid. In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com, whether this will be problematic for Walker, as he seeks reelection this fall.

Capitol Notes: Will Photos of Walker And Alleged Russian Spy Cause Problems For Him?

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